Given that airlines and major airports have been doing it for several months, temperature screening for air passengers is, presumably, something people would come to expect by now.
Still, the Government of Canada’s “multi-layered framework of measures to protect Canadians” is still unrolling, with Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, on Tuesday (Sept. 29), announcing that temperature screenings stations have officially been introduced at 11 additional Canadian airports.
Temperature screening has been in place since July 30th at four of Canada’s largest airports: Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver.
This includes temperature screening for both departing passengers as well as non-passengers, such as airport workers and crew.
A "multi-phased" approach
In June, Ottawa announced a “multi-phased approach” to temperature screenings for all passengers travelling to Canada and travellers departing some Canadian airports, for either international or domestic destinations.
Now, as of Sept. 23, temperature screening is being conducted at these additional airports: St. John’s, Halifax, Québec City, Ottawa, Toronto – Billy Bishop, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna and Victoria.
Passengers who show a high temperature and do not have a medical certificate to explain why are not permitted to continue their journey and are asked to re-book after 14 days.
“As Minister of Transport, my highest priority is the safety and security of Canadians and the transportation system,” Mr. Garneau said in a statement. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, Canadians have come together, made sacrifices, and done their part to help limit the spread of the virus. Our Government has expanded temperature screenings to major airports across the country to support these efforts and as another measure in our multi-layered approach to help protect the safety of the travelling public and air industry workers. The collective efforts of all Canadians have helped us during the pandemic, and will continue to do so as we move forward.”
For international flights to Canada, air operators must conduct temperature screenings at the point of departure, unless the local authority has an equivalent measure in place, in addition to the existing required health check questions for symptoms prior to boarding.
Within Canada, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority screeners are conducting the temperature screenings as part of departure screening procedures.
This is in addition to the health screening questions and the requirement to wear face coverings that already exist for all passengers.
Airport temperature screening has been endorsed by the International Air Transport Association and the International Civil Aviation Organization.